Final report by PSC on Easter Sunday attacks tabled

The final report by the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) on the Easter Sunday attacks was tabled in Parliament today.

The report was tabled by PSC member Jayampathy Wickramaratne.

Opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena raised concerns over the PSC and its report as one of the members had been accused of having had links with one of the bombers.

Gunawardena said that PSC member, Rauff Hakeem had been accused of meeting Zaharan Hashim, the mastermind of the Easter Sunday attacks.

Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella however said that there were no objections raised when the PSC was appointed so the report cannot be rejected.

During its term the PSC recorded witness statements from several people, including President Maithripala Sirisena.

The PSC notes in its report that the Director of the State Intelligence Service (SIS) bears the greatest responsibility over the attacks.

This is compounded by the fact that since 8th April 2018, a full one year before the incident, he had in writing to the IGP requested for the shutting down of investigations by others into Zahran Hashim, the mastermind of the attacks, which resulted in the SIS becoming the sole investigator into Zahran.

In its final report the PSC makes several recommendations that require urgent attention. These are broadly categorised essential reforms in the security and intelligence sector, establishment of an enhanced financial supervisory mechanism, the need to control and monitor the rise of religious extremism, addressing delays with justice and reforming the Attorney General’s Department, Wahabism and the need for action, media reporting, fake news and other areas of concern, holding politicians/ peoples’ representatives accountable and reforming the educational sector to counter growing extremism.

Full report:

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